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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for December 9, 2021

December 9, 2021

•Grand Rapids, Michigan-based Founders Brewing Co. revealed the final entry in its Mothership Series for the year. It’s a festive edition of previous Mothership release Blushing Padre called Blushing Claus. Like its progenitor Blushing Monk it’s a raspberry Belgian ale aged, like Blushing Padre, in Tequila barrels and finally finished with cranberries and orange zest to evoke holiday flavors. Blushing Claus is at 11.9% abv and, like previous Mothership releases, will be available only at Founders taproom locations beginning December 15, priced at $20 a 6-pack. Founders, known for its All Day IPA, sold a majority share of itself to Mahou San Miguel in 2019 for approximately $200 million.

•A new distillery called Wolf Point Distilling has popped up in the West Loop neighborhood of Chicago. The co-owners are Victoria Polvino and Pavlos Dafnis, each with little prior experience in the spirits business. Right now they’re offering Florence Field gin ($31 750-ml), Jackscrew vodka ($21), and Wolf Point Single Barrel Bourbon ($45). Distribution thus far is limited to the state of Illinois. A 21-seat tasting room is awaiting permits and slated to open early next year. Chicago is home to more than 150 breweries, but just a half-dozen distilleries.

•Scottish brewer Innis & Gunn is bringing back its Irish Whiskey Cask beer for St. Patrick’s Day. First brewed a decade ago as a straight Scottish Stout, this year’s edition of Irish Whiskey Cask was formulated as a Scottish Oatmeal Stout for enhanced creaminess and mouthfeel. It’s at 6.1% abv and will be available in the U.S. next year. Innis & Gunn is represented in the U.S. by United States Beverage.

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